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Top 10 Tools Every New Teacher Needs! Updated Advice From Teacher Educators

Location: W196b

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Participate and share : Interactive lecture

Monday, June 25, 2:30–3:30 pm
Location: W196b

Dr. Peña Bedesem   Chip Cash   Dr. Jennifer Courduff   Dr. Samantha Fecich   Dr. Peter Hessling   Dr. Dennis McElroy   Rachelle Dene Poth   Dr. Susan Poyo   Dr. Mia Kim Williams  
Do new teachers really need to be experts in all things Google? How about Twitter? In this interactive session, we will showcase an updated crowdsourced list of top 10 innovative tools every new teacher needs, then engage in a critical discussion about using these tools to motivate and engage students.

Skill level: Beginner
Attendee devices: Devices required
Attendee device specification: Smartphone: Windows, Android, iOS
Laptop: Chromebook, Mac, PC
Tablet: Android, iOS, Windows
Focus: Digital age teaching & learning
Topic: Online tools, apps and resources
Grade level: Community college/university
ISTE Standards: For Educators:
  • Set professional learning goals to explore and apply pedagogical approaches made possible by technology and reflect on their effectiveness.
  • Dedicate planning time to collaborate with colleagues to create authentic learning experiences that leverage technology.
Additional detail: ISTE author presentation

Proposal summary

Purpose & objective

This session is designed as an update of innovative tools to connect teacher education program faculty with pre- and in-service teachers by fostering conversations about how to better prepare teachers to use technology for teaching and learning.


This session will start with a five minute review of tools showcased at ISTE 2017, followed by rapid pace “10 tools in 10 minutes” IGNITE-style presentation featuring a list of tools crowdsourced from the ISTE Teacher Education Network. Each tool will be connected to one of the ISTE Standards for Students or Educators. The audience will then be asked to get into groups of 6-8 to engage in a critical discussion about these tools. Example questions to guide the discussion include: 1) How do/might you use these tools for teaching, learning, or mentoring? 2) How do these tools align with pre-service teachers’ expectations about the technology they will use in their practice? 3) How can these tools be used to enhance teaching and learning at all levels? 4) What are the concerns about using these tools (e.g., privacy, digital citizenship, access, impact on student learning)? 5) How might you use these tools to align your practice with the new ISTE Standards for Educators? Finally, we will return to the whole group setting to explore insights, ideas, and issues from the small group discussions.

Supporting research

Common sense education. (2017). Best student collaboration tools. Retrieved from
Edutopia. (2015). New Teachers: Technology-Integration Basics. Retrieved from

Nearpod. (2017). Four ways to help kids take ownership of their learning. Retrieved from

TeachThought. (2014). Fifty ways to empower students in a connected world. Retrieved from

Tutora. (2017). The 82 hottest edtech tools of 2017. Retrieved from

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Dr. Peña Bedesem, Kent State University
Chip Cash, Princeton Day School

Chip is a 30+ year veteran of middle and high school mathematics classrooms, and is a complete techno-nerd! Currently the mathematics department chair at Princeton Day School, he previously served as department chair at Stuart Country Day, and was a faculty member at the American School in London. Chip is also currently the Communications Chair and Twitter-chat host for ISTE's Teacher Education Network.

Dr. Jennifer Courduff, Azusa Pacific University
Dr. Samantha Fecich, Grove City College
Dr. Peter Hessling, North Carolina State University
Dr. Dennis McElroy, Graceland University
Rachelle Dene Poth, Rivervew Junior Senior High School

I teach Spanish and STEAM. I am also an attorney and have a Master’s in Instructional Technology. I am the President for Teacher Education Network, Communications Chair for ISTE Mobile Learning Network. I was selected as the 2017 Outstanding Teacher of the Year by PAECT and by NSBA as one of "20 to watch" educators. I am proud to be a Microsoft Innovative Educator Expert, an Ambassador for Buncee, Flipgrid, Hoonuit, and an Edmodo Certified Trainer, Nearpod PioNear, and TES Ambassador . I wrote chapter 3 of “Snapshot in Education 2016”, and Chapter 6 of “Gamify Literacy” from ISTE.

Dr. Susan Poyo, Franciscan University
Dr. Mia Kim Williams, University of Wyoming

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